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NJ Stakeholders Address Disputes Over Insurance Law
September 19, 2013
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (September 19, 2013) — Autism Speaks, Autism New Jersey, health insurers, state officials and other stakeholders held their first meeting to address coverage disputes that have arisen regarding the state’s 2009 autism insurance reform law.
The meetings were requested by Assemblyman Gary Schaer, chair of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, after his commitee heard complaints in March of questionable denials of claims and misunderstandings regarding the law.
Autism New Jersey, Autism Speaks, and attorney Jodi Bouer produced a report following the March hearing that spelled out concerns raised by families and providers regarding coverage. The report served as the basis for the first meeting that occurred on September 16.
Following an overview of challenges experienced by parents and providers, representatives from the state Department of Banking and Insurance addressed the legal requirements in the 2009 law and its responsibility to investigate potential violations. Representatives for the insurance carriers stated their motivation to address individual and systemic challenges.
Followup meetings will address issues such as coding, provider credentialing, network adequacy, claims processing and authorization, and utilization management.
The participants included parents, providers, and representatives of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, Aetna, AmeriHealth, Horizon, United Healthcare, and the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis. Dan Unumb, Esq., executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, represented Autsim Speaks.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.